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Inka history in knots : reading khipus as primary sources, Gary Urton

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Inka history in knots : reading khipus as primary sources
Title
Inka history in knots
Title remainder
reading khipus as primary sources
Statement of responsibility
Gary Urton
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Inka khipus-spun and plied cords that record information through intricate patterns of knots and colors-constitute the only available primary sources on the Inka empire not mediated by the hands, minds, and motives of the conquering Europeans. As such, they offer direct insight into the worldview of the Inka-a view that differs from European thought as much as khipus differ from alphabetic writing, which the Inka did not possess. Scholars have spent decades attempting to decipher the Inka khipus, and Gary Urton has become the world's leading authority on these artifacts. In Inka History in Knots, Urton marshals a lifetime of study to offer a grand overview of the types of quantative information recorded in khipus and to show how these records can be used as primary sources for an Inka history of the empire that focuses on statistics, demography, and the "longue duree" social processes that characterize a civilization continuously adapting to and exploiting its environment. Whether the Inka khipu keepers were registering census data, recording tribute, or performing many other administrative tasks, Urton asserts that they were key players in the organization and control of subject populations throughout the empire and that khipu record-keeping vitally contributed to the emergence of political complexity in the Andes. This new view of the importance of khipus promises to fundamentally reorient our understanding of the development of the Inka state and the possibilities for writing its history
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TxU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Urton, Gary
Dewey number
985/.01
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
F 3429.3 .Q6 U75 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long series in Latin American and Latino art and culture
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Quipu
  • Quipu
  • Incas
  • Incas
  • Incas
  • Quechua language
  • Tahuantinsuyo (Peru)
  • Peru
  • Incas
  • Quipu
  • Peru
Label
Inka history in knots : reading khipus as primary sources, Gary Urton
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-287) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What can we learn about the Inkas from study of the khipus? -- A brief introduction to Tawantinsuyu - the Inka empire -- Cord notes for describing an Inka-era village on the southern coast of Peru -- The ancestors' calendar : Laguna de los C�ondores, Chachapoyas, northern Peru -- Constructing the records of the Palace of Puruchuco, Lima Valley -- Accounting for the oracle : record keeping at Pachacamac, Lur�in Valley -- The iconography of inebriation : engraved and sculpted khipu bars -- What did the ceque khipus look like? -- Accounting in the king's storehouse : Inkawasi, southern coast of Peru -- Counting heads in Tawantinsuyu -- Accounting for demographic collapse? -- Khipus from a colonial "revisit" to the Santa Valley : the "Rosetta khipu"? -- Structure and history in the khipus -- Appendix. A khipu inventory
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 293 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : db illustrations (some color), maps
Isbn
9781477311981
Lccn
2016035708
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)956502008
  • (OCoLC)ocn956502008
Label
Inka history in knots : reading khipus as primary sources, Gary Urton
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-287) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What can we learn about the Inkas from study of the khipus? -- A brief introduction to Tawantinsuyu - the Inka empire -- Cord notes for describing an Inka-era village on the southern coast of Peru -- The ancestors' calendar : Laguna de los C�ondores, Chachapoyas, northern Peru -- Constructing the records of the Palace of Puruchuco, Lima Valley -- Accounting for the oracle : record keeping at Pachacamac, Lur�in Valley -- The iconography of inebriation : engraved and sculpted khipu bars -- What did the ceque khipus look like? -- Accounting in the king's storehouse : Inkawasi, southern coast of Peru -- Counting heads in Tawantinsuyu -- Accounting for demographic collapse? -- Khipus from a colonial "revisit" to the Santa Valley : the "Rosetta khipu"? -- Structure and history in the khipus -- Appendix. A khipu inventory
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 293 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : db illustrations (some color), maps
Isbn
9781477311981
Lccn
2016035708
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)956502008
  • (OCoLC)ocn956502008

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